Windows 8

Windows 8 is a personal computer operating system developed by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems, with an emphasis on improving its user experience on tablets. In particular, these changes included a touch-optimized Windows shell based on Microsoft's "Metro" design language, the Start screen, a new platform for developing apps with an emphasis on touchscreen input, integration with online services, support for USB 3.0, Advanced Format hard drives, near field communications, and cloud computing. Additional security features were introduced, such as built-in antivirus software, integration with Microsoft SmartScreen phishing filtering service and support for UEFI Secure Boot on supported devices with UEFI firmware.

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For the first time we got a message about 1+ causes of effects on battery life. Windows 8 Lenovo laptop.
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Hi All,

I am currently running windows server 2008 R2 as DC managing my Group policies.

My requirement is to restrict print screen button in my client workstations running with windows 7, 8, 8.1 and win 10. Can some one guide me to accomplish this using group policy.

Thank you in advance..
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Trying to open web links, it defaults to Google.com. Windows 8, Lenovo lap top. I receive an e-mail from Twitter with a link to go to the website from which the short Tweet was originated. This only opens a new Google browser. I have only used this device a few times and not familiar with Windows 8 settings.

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The links in that Tweet are supposed to to go the website(s). I see it trying to get there in the address bar but it then goes to Google.
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I have a Windows 8 PC, where the D Drive is a RAID 1 array, using the onboard RAID.  About a week ago, I updated the BIOS, which inadvertently switched my ATA mode from RAID to AHCI (hence breaking RAID).  I didn't notice right away since Windows did not assigned a drive letter to the other disk.  I attributed the boot up failures to the UEFI update, and Windows was able to self correct the problem.

Once I found the problem, I went into the UEFI, changed ATA back to RAID.  The Intel management software showed that the disks were syncing, but it apparently caused corruption in the NTFS partition.  I have lost about a week's worth of data in my Access file, and my backup software (iDrive), has not been backing up my data as I thought it was.  My last successful backup of my Access database was about 2 weeks ago.

Is there anyway of recovering my Access database?  I tried using recuva, but it was run against the RAID array, which showed no recently deleted files.  I might send the hard drives to one of those hard drive recovery companies, but am hoping that there is a cheaper solution available.

Any ideas what I can do to resolve this issue?
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This is the 2nd computer I've had this problem with. After being in production for at least a couple of years now, all of a sudden these Windows 8.1 workstations start locking up/hanging after the user logs in. Often times the user gets a blue or black screen but can still see the cursor moving when they move the mouse. Sometimes they can get logged in as far as the desktop but the minute they try to launch an application, Windows hangs up. We have to power down the PC.

These hangups only happen for non-privileged user logins. If I login as a domain admin, I don't experience any of these lockups and can launch any and every application. (Oddly enough, the problem doesn't occur for my non-privileged user account either - only for other users.)

I've tried everything I can think of and find on the web:
- chkdsk /f
- disk cleanup
- DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
- sfc /scannow
- deleting the user profiles and having the users login and create fresh new profiles - Windows hung while creating their new profiles and they had to power down
- giving the users' domain accounts local admin rights
- making sure it's fully patched with Windows updates
- checking for and installing driver updates (HP Softpaq download manager)
- this is an HP desktop computer and I've checked - no HP bloatware on this one
- the users typically launch a JAVA based app to do most of their work on this computer, so I've tried deleting and reinstalling this app also.
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Does the Lenovo T430S give some alert or indication that the battery is fully charged?
There is a green blinking indicator at 11 o'clock above the power button.
On the screen lower right there is a white indicator which was moving left to right a few minutes ago and now no movement indicating full charge?
Any setting to go to see battery strength?

From a previous question this laptop appears to have Windows 8 and Office. I'm going to leave it that way since the use will be limited and so far no issues navigating around what some people said was a unfriendly version(?). Except that main support ended back in January. I do have an activate option for W10 Pro.
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I am trying to install oracle 10 developer suit on windows 8.1 there is a errorn showing. "please ensure that this directory is writable and has at least 55 mb of disk space"
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Or has it to be CSM mode

They are originally Recovery Dvds 1 and 2 for the system

Bad hdd being replaced with a SSD

Can get beyond non system disk or disk error
Replace a d press any key when ready

It boots with a knoppix CD

I’m lost

Have recovered 1000s of Conputers but stumped on this

Perhaps bad original recovery dvds supplied with the system
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Since VS 2013 in seems we can use VersionHelpers.h to allow us to ask which version of Windows we are running on.  I looks simple up thru Windows 7 -- but reading the documentation, once we get to Windows 8 or Windows 10, the doc starts talking about the need for a Manifest and mentions GUID.   Can somebody help me understand what is required to get this to work?   My goal: from a C++ program be able to detect if we are running on Windows 10 (or later).   Thanks.
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I had this question after viewing ShellExecute Issue within VB6 on Windows 8.

Sadly we still have to use VB6, we have an application thats over 7 years old and just cant be ported to the new versions of VB, everytime we try we have to go from VB6, to VB8, then to Vb10, then to Vb12 - just a nightmare and the app has some 20 odd bespoke ocx's in it, some 70 forms, and an enormous amount of coding.

The problem we are having, and i know its getting worse, we need to open a file using the associated program.

OpenWithDefault = (ShellExecute(0&, "", FileName, vbNullString, vbNullString, SW_SHOWNORMAL) > 32)

This will work on some windows pcs, not others, some are 64 bit others arn't, some are windows 8 some are windows 10.

Whilst i understand its the UAC - how do i get round it ?

On a windows 10 64 - works no problem, on a windows 8 64 - no probs, on another windows8 64 - wont work but it will open pdfs, word docs, just not TEXT files ?

On windows 7 both 32 & 64 - everything opens

Anyone got any solutions and please dont say just upgrade, i cant upgrade 7 years worth of progamming over night - no chance !

All the new apps, we use the newer versions when we can, but its not an option to upgrade this application.

Any help would truely be appricated.

thanks

Dave
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I have installed apache tomcat 7.0.90 on my windows 8 64bit system. This is how I have configured my tomcat-users.xml -

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8'?>
<!--
  Licensed to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) under one or more
  contributor license agreements.  See the NOTICE file distributed with
  this work for additional information regarding copyright ownership.
  The ASF licenses this file to You under the Apache License, Version 2.0
  (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with
  the License.  You may obtain a copy of the License at

      http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

  Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
  distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
  WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
  See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
  limitations under the License.
-->
<tomcat-users>
<!--
  NOTE:  By default, no user is included in the "manager-gui" role required
  to operate the "/manager/html" web application.  If you wish to use this app,
  you must define such a user - the username and password are arbitrary. It is
  strongly recommended that you do NOT use one of the users in the commented out
  section below since they are intended for use with the examples web
  application.
-->
<!--
  NOTE:  The sample user and role entries below are intended for use with the
  examples web application. They 

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Can anyone tell me how to interpret the following WER file:
Version=1
EventType=CbsPackageServicingFailure2
EventTime=131752476497757971
ReportType=1
Consent=1
UploadTime=131752476538941971
ReportIdentifier=25977093-8021-11e8-8f3a-107b447ea61a
Response.BucketId=2867320277
Response.BucketTable=405313749
Response.type=4
Sig[0].Name=Stack Version
Sig[0].Value=6.1.7601.23505
Sig[1].Name=Package
Sig[1].Value=Package_for_RollupFix
Sig[2].Name=Version
Sig[2].Value=7601.24149.1.4
Sig[3].Name=Architecture
Sig[3].Value=amd64
Sig[4].Name=Culture
Sig[4].Value=unknown
Sig[5].Name=Status
Sig[5].Value=800f081f
Sig[6].Name=Failure Source
Sig[6].Value=Stage
Sig[7].Name=Start State
Sig[7].Value=Resolved
Sig[8].Name=Target State
Sig[8].Value=Installed
Sig[9].Name=Client Id
Sig[9].Value=WindowsUpdateAgent
DynamicSig[1].Name=OS Version
DynamicSig[1].Value=6.1.7601.2.1.0.256.48
DynamicSig[2].Name=Locale ID
DynamicSig[2].Value=1033
State[0].Key=Transport.DoneStage1
State[0].Value=1
State[1].Key=DataRequest
State[1].Value=Bucket=-1427647019/nBucketTable=405313749/nResponse=1/n
FriendlyEventName=CbsPackageServicingFailure2
ConsentKey=CbsPackageServicingFailure2
AppName=Windows Modules Installer
AppPath=C:\Windows\servicing\TrustedInstaller.exe

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I am getting lots of Critical WER logs for several office users, especially for one in particular who has 6 such new logs just today. In addition to the "Sig[1].Value=Package_for_RollupFix", I have Sig[1].Values for KB3035132, KB3110329, KB3156016, KB3078601, KB3156019, KB3035126. These all appear to be related to Windows Update, but when I go into Windows update I see no failures listed.

What are these WER logs telling me?
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In my home network there is an Active Directory domain, and I am using my Active Directory account in this domain to login to my PC, because using this account to login allows me to access some resources in the home network. This AD account also has administrative permission on my PC.

Assuming the domain controller of the AD domain has a chance to fail and stop working, then I will not be able to login with the AD account, but need to use local account. In this situation, if I have files saved at desktop, or any account specific location of the AD account, then I will have a bit trouble to get them back.
-- login with local account with Admin permission
-- explore into the user folder in system drive (C:).
-- find the files and copy them to local account desktop (or other folder).

To resolve this issue present at the situation of failing AD domain, I am wondering: can I setup an AD account in Windows 7/8/10 that allows user to login when the AD domain is down?

This seems defeating the definition of an AD account, but I still wondering whether an account can be setup to work with domain when it is available, and work as a local account when domain is down...

If this is not doable, then ideas to prepare to handle the situation when AD domain is down would be welcome.

Thank you!
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can you recommend me a deep freeze application that cannot affect the shutting down system of my laptop?
(Dell XPS 12 , windows 8)
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What steps are necessary to determine if a Windows 8.1 OS that was upgraded to Windows 10 (with the data and apps being preserved) can be downgraded back to Windows 8.1?
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I just upgraded a Windows 8.1 Pro computer to Windows 10 Pro by performing an upgrade that kept the files and applications in tact.

Now around 33% of the time when users logon onto the computer using their local Windows profiles they receive an error that says "C:\Windows\system32\config\systeprofile\Desktop is unavailable. If the location is on this PC, make sure the device or drive is connected or the disc is inserted, and then try again. If the location is on a network, make sure you're connected to the network or Internet, and then try again. If the location still can't be found, it might have been moved or deleted" (see the screenshot).

This computer isn't joined to any domains.

If we log off of the computer and then log on again (with the same or a different local user account) the logon is successful.

I have run the SFC /scannow and the following DISM commands which have all run successfully and reported no errors.

What can I do to fix this issue so that this error will stop occurring?

DISM commands I have run:

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Checkhealth
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Scanhealth
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth

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Desktop profile not available
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i have a packard Bell laptop Easynote LS11-HR-026BE model
it has as latest drivers  on the PB site  the windows 8 -64 bit drivers.
it was upgraded to windows 10 about a year ago, but now update 1803 refuss to install; saying simply :
the system reserved partition cannot been updated

what is the best method to resolve this?

i found the MS translated page full of errors - and don't trust it
the easus page gives a method for enlarging the partition with unallocated space, but my actual partitons (2 : system reserved and OS) are adjacent, so i probably need to free up space at the end of disk, and move that between the 2 existing ones - how much MB should i take?
here my disk management  :
dm
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What are the steps to directly upgrade Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 so that all programs, user accounts, and customizations will remain in place after the upgrade to Windows 10 completes?

Is this as easy as downloading the Windows 10 ISO file into Windows 8.1 and then running the Windows 10 setup file within the Windows 8.1 OS and following the prompts to upgrade?
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My client's PC (Windows 8.1) shows the Metro interface.  There is absolutely no way to get to the desktop.  Every now and then while running programs and exiting them, the desktop flashes for about maybe 1/4 of a second, and then the Metro interface is displayed.

I've tried system restore twice (with antivirus disabled) and it says it failed to restore, citing perhaps the antivirus as the problem.

Anyone seen this before.
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Hi,

I'd like to know whether it is possible to directly find a device's GUID
if I know the BUS / VID and PID  (or BUS VEN / DEV) of it


The only option that I have so far is to retrieve all devices withWMI (in my case only usb network devices), get their PNPDeviceID and parse for it.

Is there anything faster? WMI is rather slow and my code doesn't really seem elegant.
Are there options using directly the win32 module?

My current code works for python2 and python3, but as mentioned above.
I manually search through all network devices and parse the PNPDeviceID
my code:

import wmi

c = wmi.WMI()

def find_by(bus, vid, pid):
    nw_adapters = (
        c.Win32_NetworkAdapter(AdapterTypeId=0)
        + c.Win32_NetworkAdapter(AdapterTypeId=9)
        )
    pnp_string_start = r"%s\VID_%s&PID_%s" % (bus, vid, pid)
    for device in nw_adapters:
        if device.PNPDeviceID.startswith(pnp_string_start):
            return device
    return None


def get_guid(bus, vid, pid):
    device = find_by(bus, vid, pid)
    return None if device is None else device.GUID

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Hello Experts,

I did a Windows update and a McAfee update, and since then have two problems. The first is most important: my RDP connection for my job disconnects and then reconnects every 10 seconds to  two minutes. I looked at the Microsoft Windows Terminal Services logs and see all the disconnection events, but there are multiple errors codes/descriptions that seem unrelated and I stopped analyzing those logs hoping you will have guidance for me.

The second problem is the hyperlinks in my Microsoft Outlook email no longer work and display a message that says, 'This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer...' I attempted to reset my internet options, but that did not resolve the issue. I am reluctant to run the fix tool that is available on the Microsoft support page because Windows 8.1 is not listed in the OS list.  Do you have any advice for me?
Respectfully, Chop
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Hi

Experts

In windows 8.1 my colleague deleted the Icon short cut for Ms Access in titles screen as result we cannot lunch Ms Access to start a new database. For existing database we are still able to work normally because the actual Ms Access is not disturbed.
How do we bring it back the launch icon on the tiles? Any idea? I have checked in the recycle bin still there is nothing.

Regards

Chris
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Had a major power outage on my home network thee weeks ago and found out that my DFS Names space was not working. Which meant all my Folder redirections stopped working.

My GPO's users the DFS share name as the path \\my.network\dfsshare\UsersHomeDirectories

And from all my desktops I could not access the share  So I temporarily sent it to the server \\server01\UserHomeDirectories and that worked

I then created a New DFS Share and that is now working  I then changed my GPO's back to using the DFS Share name

I also changed to using shortcuts to use the share and added them to the desktop  the use to be in network locations

I have Windows 7 windows 8.1 Windows 10 Physical and VM's using VMware ESXI 6.5  
Windows 2008 Windows 2012R2 and Windows 2016

I have made the change to the new dfs share and on most machines they are picking up the new shortcut.

I have a Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and Windows 2012 R2 that are not.

They are getting Event Id 4098

Log Name:      Application
Source:        Group Policy Shortcuts
Date:          5/5/2018 9:47:04 AM
Event ID:      4098
Task Category: (2)
Level:         Warning
Keywords:      Classic
User:          SYSTEM
Computer:      Server007-2012R2
Description:
The user 'Home Drive' preference item in the 'Network Drives-Servers {A8A28D61-3A28-4D75-82DB-2E73C158829A}' Group Policy Object did not apply because it failed with error code '0x80070002 The system cannot find the file specified.' This error was …
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How do I find the right product key from Windows 10 computers.

I tried running nrisoft, Belrac and magic jelly bean and looks like they are pulling same product key on all 5 laptops in our company. How is that possible ?  Is it because may be these computers were upgraded to Windows 10 at some point from Windows 8 and therefore showing the same key on all computers that I am trying to recover ?
These laptops were purchased from retail in the past 4 years so most likely had windows 8 on them.  

How can I find the OEM key that was shipped with the computer if there is physically no sticker on it. I have to fill out MS audit report and therefore its kind of important I find the right info.

Thanks
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Windows 8

Windows 8 is a personal computer operating system developed by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems, with an emphasis on improving its user experience on tablets. In particular, these changes included a touch-optimized Windows shell based on Microsoft's "Metro" design language, the Start screen, a new platform for developing apps with an emphasis on touchscreen input, integration with online services, support for USB 3.0, Advanced Format hard drives, near field communications, and cloud computing. Additional security features were introduced, such as built-in antivirus software, integration with Microsoft SmartScreen phishing filtering service and support for UEFI Secure Boot on supported devices with UEFI firmware.